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Edward C. SimmelLet's Give A Tea (1946)

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Describes the proper procedures involved in giving a tea, such as making a guest list, describing the dress and arranging a tea table. Points out that rules of etiquette are practical. Director: Edward C. Simmel. Script: Joseph E. Johnston. Camera: Harry Burrell. Technical Advisor: Marion Moss Burbank.

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Director: Edward C. Simmel
Producer: Edward C. Simmel
Production Company: Simmel-Meservey
Audio/Visual: sound, color

Creative Commons license: Public Domain

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Reviewer: JSBejma - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - March 24, 2012
Subject: Could Have Done Without Anne
Pudge-ola singularly ruins any attempt to effectively illustrate what goes into planning and executing a wonderful tea such as this. Let's face it - she's a complete distraction all the way through. Her coarse features with fluffy eyebrows and bulbous figure, big hands and ratty hair don't even belong in the genteel South. She looks more like something that walks down a windy street in Toledo Ohio. So I ask myself...what was the point? Chewing gum nohting...that was a Hostess Twinkie she was devouring!

But really, a hilarious film about a social event that only the late reconstruction era South could foment. And I thought Blanche Deveroux's character was hyperbole!

Reviewer: NoiseCollector - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - October 22, 2011
Subject: Don't forget...
...the dick cheese patte!
Reviewer: jenniferger - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - October 18, 2011
Subject: Enjoyable
I liked it... very vintage and interesting to think of this being shown as an educational piece for girls in school. I also like it when I recognize some of the 'stars' from other ephemeral films. For example, June and Barbara were both in Dinner Party, also from Simmel-Meservey.
Reviewer: Bravo_Ulysses - 2.00 out of 5 stars2.00 out of 5 stars - August 2, 2007
Subject: Not Action Packed
This movie pulls no punches in describing the horrors and rude misadventures that could occur with an improperly planned tea party. Although stricken with friends who couldn't plan a food fight, Barbara somehow pulls off the social event of the season with style and starch that can only be found in pre 1950s Cotillion epics. The best thing about this celluloid faux pax comes at the end when you awaken, thinking that you have been in a state of suspended animation or an isolation tank for a year or two, and find out that only 20 minutes has elapsed. Still, I'll give it 2 stars for the comic relief that is provided by Barbara's hopelessly socially inept companions.
Reviewer: ERD. - 2.00 out of 5 stars2.00 out of 5 stars - March 24, 2007
Subject: Totally dated
Giving a tea is something that is now passe. It is interesting watching this film from an historical point of view, except the film gets tedious.
Reviewer: Bill T. - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - May 21, 2005
Subject: Get real Barbara!
More Simmel-Meservey fun, as Barbara pushes all her friends into giving a tea party that noone wants to participate in. Barbara chastises her friends about making the invitations, dress, and proper manners at tres partee. One wonders why her friends just take a poll and ditch June in the gutter and get some real friends.
Reviewer: PRG - 1.00 out of 5 stars - March 29, 2005
Subject: Slow film
Trying to get these girls interested in learning how to organise an event that they will hardly ever need to deal with was hopeless from the beginning. The film seems to admit to itself that it is something that has to be done rather than something really worth doing. As for the film itself, the pace is too slow and the humorous bits too infrequent. The only good parts are about dress and meeting people. Twenty minutes is just too long for a film of this subject and style.
Reviewer: Wilford B. Wolf - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - July 27, 2004
Subject: Stupid Girl
Dictatorial Barbara foists on her friends running of a tea party for high school girls and their mothers. Of course, since this a Simmel film, we never hear the ladies, but we get a disembodied male voice, who can't help making snide comments about the ladies' clothes and manners. We have the vampish Corine(!), rather plain June, and tomboyish Anne struggling with the various parts of putting on a tea. The narrator insists that the other girl's disinterest is due to "not knowing how much fun a tea can be" as he pounds into our heads the etiquiette and neat handwriting required. But with the furs and chamber quartet, I think the girls initial reaction was correct. Anne's basketball game would've been much more fun than this turgid affair.

More mind-boggling fun in the vein of "Date With Your Family" and "Home Economics Story".

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